Christmas cactus


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Christmas cactus

n.
Any of several epiphytic cacti of the genus Schlumbergera, native to Brazil, having jointed flat segments and widely cultivated as houseplants for their showy, usually magenta or red flowers that bloom in winter.

Christmas cactus

n
(Plants) a Brazilian cactus, Schlumbergera (formerly Zygocactus) truncatus, widely cultivated as an ornamental for its showy red flowers

Christ′mas cac`tus


n.
a cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii, native to Brazil, having stems with leaflike segments and bearing showy usu. purplish red flowers.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.Christmas cactus - epiphytic cactus of Brazilian ancestry widely cultivated as a houseplant having jointed flat segments and usually rose-purple flowers that bloom in winterChristmas cactus - epiphytic cactus of Brazilian ancestry widely cultivated as a houseplant having jointed flat segments and usually rose-purple flowers that bloom in winter
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Schlumbergera, Schlumbergera - South American epiphytic or lithophytic cacti
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SPRING is an excellent time to propagate house plants such as Christmas cactus from cuttings.
An awareness of the existence of photoperiodism allows us to understand why plants such as chrysanthemum, poinsettia and Christmas cactus flower during the short days of fall and winter.
There will be a Crayons for Cancer fundraiser for cancer-stricken children, as well as Christmas cactus, decorations, ornaments, handcrafted items, baked goods, hostess and teacher gifts, bottle table, themed gift baskets, animal gifts, cookies and holiday wreaths for sale.
Q: A few weeks ago my Christmas cactus was covered with flower buds but they dropped off except for half a dozen.
The cyclamen and the Christmas cactus can tolerate cool drafts infinitely better than desert poinsettias.
If you maintain cool evening temperatures in your home, then cyclamen, chrysanthemums, Christmas cactus and Kalanchoes are for you.
Or the Christmas cactus I bought at a church fair some 28 years ago.
Christmas cactus will grow and flower at your temperatures as well as forced paperwhite narcissi, prepared spring flowering bulbs and most of the spring blooming cacti and succulents.
If you''''re thinking of plants, there are the Christmas cactus and bulbs of hyacinths look excellent at this time of year
I'm especially fond of Christmas cactus (schlumbergera).
There's a great range to choose from - red, white or pink indoor azaleas, the bright tomato like Christmas cherry (Solanum pseudocapiscum), poinsettias, kalanchoes and Schlumbergera, the Christmas cactus.
BEST OF THE BUNCH - Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) IN their native homes, these forest cacti are attached to trees in woodlands and jungles, but in the UK you generally buy them in a much more sterilised environment, in bud in November, waiting to burst into bloom in colours of white, pink, red or purple.